The Vanderbilt product has strong ball skills which makes life easier for quarterbacks. With his long arms and big hands Matthews gives quarterbacks a large target to throw to and he does a good job of catching at its highest point. He shows strong body control and is a solid target for jump balls.
Matthews flashes above-average speed and has shown the quickness to hit a hole and take it to the house. He is not the most elusive wide receiver but he can combine speed and strength to get the precious yards after catch. He can create separation using his size but not necessarily by his route running. The wideout does a good job of finding gaps in the opposing defenses and exploiting them.
There are similarities between Matthews and Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green. This graphic shows their measurables are incredibly close coming into the NFL. Part of Matthews' Scouts Inc. scouting report reads, "[Matthews] is fearless working the middle of the field and is underrated after the catch." Green's Scouts Inc. scouting report coming out of Georgia in 2011 read, "[Green] is fearless going after passes, even when he knows he is going to get drilled." That's not bad company.
Matthews, who turns 22 in July, shattered SEC records in his career at Vanderbilt. He set the SEC record for career receptions (262), career receiving yards (3,759) and single-season receptions in 2013 with 112. The 6'3", 212 lbs. wideout pulled in 112 passes last season for 1,477 yards and seven touchdowns. Matthews caught five or more passes in every game in 2013.
Another thing Matthews has going for him is he was a top prospect coming out of high school and Chip Kelly personally attended his pro day at Vanderbilt.
Fit With Eagles:
Instead, the Eagles were focused on replacing wide receiver Jason Avant, who was a salary cap casualty at the beginning of the offseason. Matthews can step in and produce right away in the slot for the Eagles. At 6'3", Matthews along with the 6'3" Cooper and the 6'0" Maclin on the outside provide Nick Foles with some big receivers to target.
Matthews toughness and ball skills gives him a ton of upside heading into his rookie season and could be the Eagles future outside wide receiver a few years down the road.
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